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Celebrating fruits and vegetables

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Last month, schools around the country celebrated Nutrition Month with activities that emphasized on the importance of eating a balance diet that is composed of Go, Grow and Glow foods. Go foods like rice and bread that have carbohydrates provide energy. Grow foods are dairy and meat products like milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, chicken, fish, pork and beef. Glow foods are fruits and vegetables.

For the Pre-Nursery and Kindergarten students and parents/guardians at St. Vincent Ferrer Parochial School in Leganes, the observance of Nutrition Month was in the form of dances and songs that promoted the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. The reason why parents, guardians and nannies were asked to participate is for healthy eating to become a partnership between adults and children.
Children love to eat hotdogs and junk foods (thanks to television commercials) and this craving is strengthened when an adult who wants to please the child, is also the one who gives it to him/her. This re…

Biodynamic healing energy therapy

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Every cell in our body identifies who we are. But do you know that our cells have memories? They have the ability to remember our past experiences – happy, sad or traumatic.

These past experiences seem trivial to us now but every time we feel the same emotions felt in the past, our cellular memory is activated and elicits from us the same response we had before.
For example, if you remain attached to the memories of not being loved when you were a child, you find it hard to give and receive love, too.

This “stuffy” character could lead to lower back pain. Or pent-up anger turning into cancer.

“There is a way to release these bad memories from our cells in order for us to live a happy and healthy life. It is Biodynamic Healing Energy Therapy (BHET),” according to Atho dela Cruz, facilitator of BHET.

“BHET deals with the energy activity of living organisms. This includes the relationship among energy forces and living things. This therapy works on the premise that the cells must be fre…

Bees and food security

When we talk of bees, what comes to your mind? Honey?
Well, I thought that honey is all there is to bees. However, from an interview with beekeepers during the 18th BEENET Conference and Techno-Fora a held at Punta Villa last month, I was reminded of what we’ve learned in grade school – that bees ensure biodiversity and food security through pollination.
Pollination, according to MBG Net, is the transfer of pollen from a stamen to a pistil. It is through this process that seeds are formed; the seeds bring about new plants.

PROTECTION
The Philippines has diverse bee species and there is a need to protect them, according to Cleofas Cervancia, professor and president of Apimondia Commission for Asia.
“Even if we provide all the necessary conditions for plants to grow, these are useless without pollination,” she said.
According to beekeeper Antonio Baconawa in his report “Strategic Framework for Beekeeping Development in the Philippines”, the Philippines has European honey bees (Apis mel…

Infallible teaching on artificial contraceptives

By Bernardo Villegas

(This article was published in The News Today, Aug. 22 issue)

Even before the "limits to growth" hypothesis broke out in the 1970s, as an economist I had always rejected any attempt to resuscitate of the completely discredited theory that Thomas Malthus first proferred more than two centuries ago.  My training at Harvard under Nobel Prize winners like Simon Kuznets inoculated me once and for all against the Malthusian germ.  Over the last half century, the Malthusian theory has been disproved time and time again.  Population growth does no lead to mass starvation given the unlimited propensity of the human mind to increase the productivity of the earth's resources.  What limits human resources is the propensity of the human will to evil.  But that's another thing.

No matter how convinced I am about my economic theory about population and poverty, however, I try to have the intellectual humility to admit that I could be wrong since economics is a …